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Graduate Assistantship Opportunities


Graduate assistant (GA) positions provide students the opportunity to combine theory and practice while offering assistance that may include an hourly wage and/or housing. At approximately 20–25 hours per week (varies by role), these positions allow students to focus on academic coursework, while gaining practical experience in the field of student affairs. 

These positions are offered for a 10-month period during the academic year (August–May). Positions are reserved for students in the two-year, cohort-based MA in Student Affairs Program, with some exceptions.

With the exception of the Campus Living position, all GA positions are paid $18/hour. 

Application Information

The priority deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is February 5, 2019. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You do not have to be accepted into the program to submit an application. Please note that a separate cover letter is required for each GA position for which you are applying.

All GA applications must be made using WORKDAY, which can be accessed at this link:

Open Positions

  • Alumni and Parent Programs           

    Join a team of professional staff working with constituent relations. The selected GA will have a range of responsibilities including outreach to alumni and parents, event programming, supervising volunteers, board relations and marketing. The GA will work with the Board of Alumni and Parents Council, be responsible for two reunion class committees, coordinate volunteers for selected Black & Orange Parties (annual L&C gatherings around the world), and assist staff in a number of areas including Homecoming, Student-Alumni Association, Career Networking initiatives, Social Media, Alumni of Color Advisory Committee, Senior Experience, and alumni/parent sponsorships. Opportunities to participate in Regional Programs and travel will be available if interested. Exposure to fundraising and development work if interested. The GA will work with the Director to select an area of interest to develop a special project. 

    This position averages 20–25 hours a week during the academic year. A typical week will involve working 15 to 18 hours with extensive hours on selected weekends (10/5–10/7, 12/1, 2/22–24, 6/20–6/23).  Please note the GA will be expected to work additional hours from 20–25 hours up to full-time employment (determined by the GA) the month of June. This will culminate in Alumni Weekend, June 20-June 23, 2019. June hours will be paid through Student Employment.*

  • International Students and Scholars 
    Work with a vibrant program which provides  a wide variety of support  for the 200+ international students on campus. ISS is responsible for international student admissions, financial aid, orientation, and immigration services.
  • Student Activities 
    Support the staff, programs, and events of the Offices of Student Activities. Provide on-going support for recognized student organizations (including the Campus Activities Board and Club Sports) affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the mission of the department. Applicants should have some professional work experience, preferably in event planning or student programming.
  • Health Promotion and Wellness 
    Provide on-going support for the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs in relation to promoting healthy behaviors in the student population. To be eligible, students must have experience and/or interest in counseling, substance abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention, and/or public health.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Student Rights and Responsibilities educates for civic leadership, promotes inclusion and social justice, restores balance when harm occurs, and protects the welfare of the community and the individual. We engage the community through practices informed by Restorative Justice that promote conflict competence by teaching peaceful and collaborative resolution strategies.
  • Student Leadership and Service
    Collaborate with the students, community partners and other stakeholders to plan meaningful leadership education and service-learning projects. Serve as point person for Student Leadership & Service (SLS) program evaluations, Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day, and SLS’ web presence. The GA will only work 10-12 hours per week.

Other Details

GA positions have a maximum term of 2 consecutive years; however, each GA will be reviewed by their supervisor and, based on the GA’s performance, will be notified by February 1st prior to their second year if they will be reappointed to the GA position.

Please note that all GA positions are subject to final budget approval.

For questions regarding any of the available positions or about the application process, please contact Mark Figueroa (


Graduate Assistantships held by current SAA Students (may become available in 2020-2021)

  • Office of Institutional Research 

    The Office of Institutional Research collects and analyzes information to provide campus leaders with data to support informed decision making. IR professionals support campus leaders and policy makers in areas such as admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, finances, student life and academics. Additionally, IR staff are responsible for external reports to government agencies, various publications, and bench-marking against peer or aspirant institutions.  Applicants should have an affinity for data analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), surveys and assessment tools, good critical thinking, organizational, and communication skills and a desire to learn about the “behind the scenes” aspects of higher education administration.

  • Campus Living
    Lead and support the staff, program development, and facility management of a residential area housing 168 upper-division undergraduate students. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the Campus Living mission. Applicants should have significant work experience in a residential setting. This GA position is paid by stipend. This is a live-in position and also includes a campus apartment and a meal plan for the academic year.
  • Pioneer Success Institute/Assessment
    Supports programmatic efforts for the Pioneer Success Institute, a first-year experience program completed by all degree-seeking students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Assists with division wide planning and execution of assessment projects. This position reports directly to the Assistant Dean of Student Rights and Responsibilities (please select SRR in your application but specify this position in your cover letter).
  • Career Center
    The main focus of this position is marketing. The GA will report directly to the Associate Director and will oversee all aspects of marketing for Career Center programs, events, and services.

    Primary responsibilities include:

    • Supervise undergraduate student life intern
    • With the help of the student life intern, oversee all aspects of marketing for career center programs, events and services, include:  print materials, social media, tabling, etc.
    • Write and manage weekly CC newsletter
  • Dean of Students Office - Office        
    Reports directly to the Program Director/Executive Assistant and helps to coordinate DOS office workflow with the undergraduate student assistants. Develop a broad range of skills in Student Affairs administration through professional engagement with the Dean of Students (DOS) office. Support and coordinate various programmatic efforts managed by the DOS office, and specifically works with the student intern on the Passport to Leadership program. Engage in division-wide planning and execution of mission-driven institutional initiatives. Applicants must have some professional work experience, preferably in student programming. 
  • Dean of Students Office - PSI/Commencement
    Reports directly to the Program Director/Executive Assistant, and helps with planning and logistical support to the undergraduate commencement ceremony and provides administrative support to the Pioneer Success Institute first year experience. Develop a broad of range of skills in detailed event planning and coordination in relation to the commencement ceremony, and work with first year students in PSI makeup sessions. Applicants must have experience in event programming and show an aptitude for detailed work.
  • Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement
    Support the staff, programs, and events of the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. Provide on-going support for student organizations affiliated with Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. Provide programmatic support in conjunction with the mission of the department. Applicants should have some work experience with underrepresented populations, and event planning.